Halo’s Cortana to Invade Windows Phone in 8.1 Update, Will Rival Siri and Google Now


I know, I know, we’re not a mobile or tech blog, but this obviously has some gaming roots so hold on to your pants. Images for Microsoft’s Cortana AI assistant leaked today and appears to be headed your way (pending you’re a Windows Phone user) with the upcoming 8.1 update. I don’t know about you, but I’d use the app based on the name alone and the fact that you can have it refer to you as “Master Chief”.

If you’re familiar with iPhone’s Siri or Google Now, Cortana will be fairly similar. According to TheVerge.com, “..Cortana will also allow Windows Phone users to set how they want to be addressed by the voice-activated assistant. Cortana can call users by their name or nicknames like “Master Chief” after the function is enabled in the settings.


A key part of Cortana is its ability to save information and data in a Notebook system. Notebook will allow the Cortana digital assistant to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information. Cortana can also track flights or other mentions in emails, allowing it to generate notifications similar to Google Now. Cortana will be backed by data from services like Bing, Foursquare, and others to give it some of the contextual power of Google Now.

Now I love, love, love me some Halo, but is this enough to draw my interest in to a Windows Phone in the future? All I needed to know was that I could walk around the grocery store having Cortana call me Master Chief. I’m in.

*all info and images obtained from theverge.com



    1. What, you don’t want your phone run by some crazy AI that is programmed to self destruct after a certain number of years? Come on, dude. That sounds awesome!

      1. Screw it, let it ride! Cybernetic Tourettes and all!

        Just remember this convo a few years from now, and you’re cruising Ebay for cheap used phones….

      2. Cortana will be by my side until one of us expires.. most likely me when she develops a way to suffocate me in my sleep.

      1. I’ve just never really had the need for one. I have a cellphone and it’s a Windows smart phone, but I don’t really use it for anything other than calling for emergencies. I’m either at home or work or driving, so the opportunity to use it for more than just a phone isn’t there.

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